AFC Rushden & Diamonds boss Andy Peaks has backed his Mr Reliable to play another 100 games for the club.
Left-back Sam Brown last month became the first player to make a century of appearances for the club and is expected to play his 105th game at Thurnby Nirvana tomorrow (Saturday).
Diamonds go into the match 10 points clear at the top of the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division table. And Peaks hopes Brown will play his part in the title push.
Peaks said: “Sam was in the youth set up when the club folded and when we reformed he came through the trials and has been a regular in the team ever since.
“He has been at the club for a long time and is very reliable.
“He can definitely go on to play another 100 games for us.
“He does have ambitions to play at a higher level and I wouldn’t stand in his way if he wanted to move on.
“But I think Sam wants to play at the higher level with us. He is Diamonds through and through.”
Diamonds were 5-0 winners over Harrowby last week but Peaks has warned his players they face a battle at Thurnby this weekend.
He said: “It’s definitely a roll-your-sleeves-up sort of game there.
“Thurnby score a lot of goals and we need to defend well but they do leak goals.
“We need a positive result to set us up for the Christmas period.”
Wellingborough Town joint- boss Steve Herring spelled out the importance of this weekend’s home date with Sleaford.
The match is followed by back-to-back clashes against AFC Rushden & Diamonds over the festive spell.
Diamonds have opened up a 10-point lead at the top of the table and are clearly in the mood to ruin their landlords’ Christmas.
And Herring said: “Diamonds are top of the table for a reason and we can’t bank on getting anything from those two games.
“That makes the Sleaford game even bigger for us. We need three points on Saturday.
“We know that we can still be pulled down into the bottom three or four if we have some bad results over Christmas.”
Desborough Town manager Ian Walker wants to see a bit more Dr Jekyll and a bit less Mr Hyde from his team tomorrow.
Ar Tarn head to Deeping Rangers seven days after a shock 4-0 reverse at home to Sleaford.
The visitors bagged four second-half goals to grab their first win in nine games and Walker said: “It was just one of those days.
“We have had some injuries, but that’s no excuse for what happened.
“We just didn’t turn up. You can cope if one or two players are struggling, but everyone seemed to have an off day.
“We are a bit Jekyll and Hyde at the moment. We went on a good run and it’s come to a sudden end. We have to bounce back.”